MANILA, Philippines — HERO Foundation Inc. is celebrating its 30th founding anniversary this year with a renewed commitment to help orphaned children of fallen soldiers continue their education.
And to do so, the organization dedicated to taking care of the young ones left by those who died for their country said they too need heroes to champion the cause.
“This year as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, HERO Foundation Inc. yearns to be more, to reach more orphans and to do more improved programs and services for our military orphans,” retired Maj. Gen. Victor Bayani, its executive director, said.
“But to do more of this, HERO needs more heroes. We need individuals who support and appreciate the principles and virtues that our fallen warriors fought and died for,” he added.
Hoping to inspire and touch the hearts of those who can and will help, the organization presented three of its scholar beneficiaries who shared how their education continued even after their fathers made the ultimate sacrifice as military men.
Arnel Aspe, the youngest son of the late Army Sgt. Ariel Aspe who died in Kalayaan, Laguna, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Laguna College last year.
“HERO has helped me by providing financial assistance, school supplies, especially its passion in caring for its scholars. Behind this success, HERO Foundation is one of the biggest reasons I made it. I will always be indebted to them for giving me a brighter future and thank God that there is also a Hero for the orphans of our fallen heroes,” he said.
Donna Rubiato, only daughter of the late Sgt. Nathaniel Rubiato also of the Army who died in Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay, graduated last year from Trinity University of Asia with a degree in business administration major in financial management.
“I am so blessed and grateful to be part of Hero Foundation. This is a big opportunity for me to continue and pursue my passion. HERO Foundation supported me in my everyday allowance and materials that I needed for school,” she shared.
“At HERO Foundation, I found another family that will understand and accept me. Because of this foundation, another child did not lose hope in pursuing one of her father’s dreams even though he is already gone,” Rubiato said.
Vina Abes, the second child of the late Marine Sgt. Bernard Abes who died in Albarka, Basilan, graduated last year from the Rizal Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration major in marketing management.
“HERO has helped me in so many ways aside from providing educational assistance, particularly their support of giving stipend allowance. They also helped me to develop my personality by attending events for the scholars. Training and workshops build my confidence to interact with other people. I truly owe it to HERO,” she said.
Those whose hearts were touched and are willing to help and become partners of the HERO Foundation can make a difference by communicating with the organization through email via firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (02) 912-9330 or 0998-577251 or 0917-HERO(4376) or visiting its office located at the 2nd Floor, AFPGEN Bldg., EDSA corner Col. Boni Serrano Ave., Quezon City.